The streets of Boston exploded into a massive party Wednesday night after the Red Sox won the World Series in Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals in Fenway Park. But some of the most intense rioting took place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where photos showed flipped cars, tear gas clouds and massive throngs of students.
Riot police were dispatched throughout the city in an attempt to contain the celebrations, which began even before the end of the decisive game, which marked the first World Series-clinching game to be held in Boston since Babe Ruth played for the Red Sox in 1918.
Fenway Park and surrounding areas saw much of the action, but huge crowds amassed in many areas of the city Wednesday night as Boston baseball lovers reveled in the long-awaited glory.
The party turned into a tame version of a riot shortly after the game. While ecstatic Red Sox players were breaking out the champagne in the locker room of their stadium and doing postgame media interviews, revelry dominated the streets and was caught on cellphone cameras, sweeping social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so Boston fans from other parts of New England and beyond could see in real time what they were missing.
It's not the first time in recent memory that Red Sox fans have taken their celebrations to the streets of Boston following a World Series win.
In 2004, when the Sox finally broke the "Curse of the Bambino," the town was turned upside down by riots and the team's first World Series win in 86 years was marred by the death of 21-year-old Victoria Snelgrove, an Emerson College student, after she was hit in the eye by a pepper spray-dispersing police projectile.
And in 2007, when Boston again took home the World Series trophy, fans took to the streets to riot once more, causing thousands of dollars of damage in the process.